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5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating in 2017

It’s a good thing Disney has an amazing coffee partner because this mama needs a constant dose of caffeine to keep up with everything the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year!

(HELLO- have you tried Joffrey’s Coffee yet?! It’s not all about Starbucks, people!)

As you may have read in our Disney Cruise post, Modern Boca Mom was invited to the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration! #DisneySMMC (for short) is an invitation-only conference where digital/social media influencers and bloggers are asked to come together, collaborate and learn. We were also filled in on many of the exciting developments (some even secret at the time) happening at Disney in 2017.

We already covered a few of them HERE and HERE if you want to check them out. 🙂

For the rest, we’ve narrowed down the major excitement to 5 top items. Some of which are happening now or REALLY, REALLY soon! Check them out:

5 Things the Walt Disney Company is Celebrating this Year

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Post-film Q&A with Producer Roy Conli
1- Disneynature Born in China- Released on April 21, 2017

We had the opportunity to screen this stunning film in its entirety and absolutely loved it! Influencers were even part of a behind-the-scenes discussion post-film with producer, Roy Conli. This is definitely something the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year!

Narrated by John Krasinski, “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth. You will witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film.

A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey, who feels displaced by his new baby sister, joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet.

Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain. From the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest, on the wings of red-crowned cranes, this film seamlessly ties the extraordinary tales together. You have to see it!

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2- MagicBand 2 + MagicKeepers Accessories

I personally think it’s been a long time coming, but Walt Disney World is finally allowing you to take your MagicBands…and conveniently wear them in style!

With the launch of the MagicBand 2, which we got to try for ourselves during the #DisneySMMC, we found out that you can now easily remove the center disc. That allows you to place it in a keychain, pendant– you name it– to wear it how you want! Disney has dubbed these accessories: MagicKeepers. These are only a few of the design options Disney showed us during the conference:

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How will you wear your Magic Band 2?

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3- Disney Springs

Modern Boca Mom covered the NEW, improved Disney Springs at length in this blog post, but it’s important to note that us influencers did have a few hours of fun there during our trip!

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Lovingly gazing into Lilly Pulitzer…

Have you ever tried Disneybounding? I did for the first time during the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and had a blast. It’s where you choose to dress in an outfit inspired by a particular Disney character.

Disney held a little social media contest for us and we were able to compete by either showing off our fashionable side, Disney fan side or our Disneybounding side! What do you think of my Maleficent?

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Dress x Lilly Pulitzer
You can purchase my Lilly Pulitzer dress through this LINK.

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4- Pizzerizzo at Disney Hollywood Studios

Disney Hollywood studios needed a good pizza place after Pizza Planet shuttered last year. It now has that and more in quick service restaurant Pizzerizzo located in Muppet Square!

Stop on by for pizza, a meatball sub or antipasto salad at this friendly neighborhood joint run by Rizzo, the wise-cracking rat. The ambience is fun and casual…and you may even meet a few colorful characters…

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#dailybocaavery and #minigolightly

It’s also quite delicious!

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5- 2017 Walt Disney Studios Films

You can check out this post to see the complete Walt Disney Studios 2017 movie slate, but let’s just say we got a BIG sneak peek into a few of the films to come. Since the conference, a few new trailers have even been sent our way and we’re excited to share!

Cars 3

The best part about Cars 3 was that we were able to see the Pixar short film, Lou, that will screen prior to the movie! The director of the film was even on hand to walk us through his creative process. It was fascinating!

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This short is about a ‘creature’, named Lou, who resides in a school’s lost and found bin. After seeing the school bully, J.J., push the other kids around, Lou decides to take action.

It’ll make you laugh. It will make you cry. It’ll definitely be a nice visual appetizer prior to Cars 3.



Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events.

Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Coco opens on November 22nd.

Thor Ragnarok

In this Marvel Studios’ film, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer. He finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.

But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk! Chris Hemsworth stars as Thor and Tom Hiddleston reprises his role as Loki. They are joined by Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban, with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins. That is a major cast y’all! Can’t wait.

THOR: RAGNAROK opens in theaters everywhere November 3rd!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I’m absolutely giddy to be able to share with you the first official teaser trailer and teaser poster from STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, which debuted at Star Wars Celebration Orlando!

This is where I would normally insert a film synopsis, but you don’t get that with Star Wars…please. Instead, try to insinuate what you can from this awesome trailer.

It’s going to be epic. Probably the top item the Walt Disney Company is celebrating this year. December 15th can’t come soon enough!

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The Posh Parent’s Guide to Conquering Palm Beach Polo

If you’re a native to South Florida, then you know that society and fashion trendsetters mark their calendars early for the ultimate, “must-do” Sunday champagne brunch and polo at the International Polo Club (IPC) during the high-goal Palm Beach polo season. And the scene just got brighter with the introduction of the stylish, new Lilly Pulitzer Patio at The Pavilion.

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We spent our Valentine’s Day this year at the IPC along with friends April Golightly and hubby, Kevin. They were pros having spent a similar day at the polo grounds last year.

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We had QUITE the Sunday Funday. The (pink) champagne was flowing and the brunch options were seemingly unending. Let’s just say that all the convincing I had to do to get #modernbocadad to join me went out the window the minute he saw the brunch spread. And I think his pastel shirt looked rather good on him.

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Don’t our guys clean up nicely?

Lilly kicked its brunch up a notch this year, creating the ultimate Palm Beach polo scene, with chic, vibrant pink, yellow, and orange Lilly tablecloths, napkins, and embellished centerpieces. The outdoor covered field-side dining area was the perfect place to watch the fierce action on the field, as well as score a few celebrity sightings during the match. Hello Tony Danza.

And, if you happened to splash a drop of your mimosa at brunch, well it’s all part of the iconic brand’s legacy that inspired local socialite Lilly Pulitzer to create the original prints that were fashioned into colorful shifts 45 years ago. #fashionfact

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Here’s how parents can conquer Palm Beach Polo this season…

Palm Beach Polo Modern Boca Dad & Modern Boca Mom

Step 1: You gotta convince your man to join you. Thank goodness football season is over! Buy something stylish and pastel or in a Lilly Pulitzer print for you and your #modernbocadad to wear. Source a hat or fun headpiece/fascinator. Don’t forget your sunglasses!

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Step 2: Get a sitter (or NOT- we’ll tell you why below!) and invite some fashionable friends to join you for polo on a seasonal Sunday at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.

Step 3: Book tickets to  the Lilly Pulitzer Champagne Brunch if you want to go all out…or Stadium Seating if you’re looking for a more economical option.

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Step 4: Eat, drink and take in an action-packed polo match in (hopefully) beautiful Palm Beach weather!

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It’s really that simple and fun! And I, of course, love a theme and any excuse to dress up.

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If you want to forgo the fancy brunch and bring your kids with you to a polo match (there are Lilly outfits for little ones too!), then here’s another great, option that I definitely plan to take advantage of before polo season ends.

The winter polo season at IPC is open to the public, and every Sunday there is desirable stadium seating available (kids age 12 and under are free). Self-parking is just $5.

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The field even boasts fun activities like bounce houses to keep your kiddos occupied during the match. And there is plenty of champagne to be had on the stadium side for the adults, not to worry!

Ticket Prices: January-April, Sunday Polo Matches 
  • $30 – North and South Stadium Seating
  • $40 – Center Stadium Seating
  • $150 – Box Seats (limited availability)
  • $5 ─ Parking on-site at the Stick and Ball field (behind the stadium)

You don’t need to dress up (but come on, go for it!) unless you are styling with the brunch and champagne crowd. Jeans, a colorful shirt, or a sundress is acceptable attire for the sideline folks.

Grab your family and enjoy an exciting afternoon outdoors watching the world’s most elite polo players passionately compete during the winter polo season!

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MBMom Tip: Flats or wedges are ideal shoes to wear, as grass is the major ground cover at polo.

Polo is a really fun way to spend a Sunday, especially if the weather is sunny and cool! You can have your “Pretty Woman” moment while stomping divots (champagne in hand) or simply sit back and enjoy an exciting game of polo. FYI- the horses get REALLY close to you on the stadium. I loved it!

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Lavish Champagne Brunch and Polo – Lilly Pulitzer Patio Seating

January‐February: $100; March‐April: $120

  • The Pavilion reception
  • Lavish gourmet brunch
  • Lilly Pulitzer Patio seating
  • Two complimentary drink tokens 

International Polo Club Palm Beach

3667 120th Avenue South

Wellington, FL 33414

(561) 282-5290 (Polo Hotline); (561) 282-5334; (Ticket Office); (561) 792-9292 (Brunch Info)

About International Polo Club Palm Beach

The International Polo Club Palm Beach is the premier polo destination in the world, hosting the largest field of high-goal teams and the most prestigious polo tournaments in the United States. The 2016 Palm Beach Polo Season will open on Sunday, January 3, and will conclude 17 weeks later with the U.S. Open Polo Championship® final on Sunday, April 24. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating that includes elegant grandstand viewing, field tailgating, stadium seating, field-side champagne brunch at The Pavilion, and exclusive sponsor boxes. Tickets start at $30. For ticketing and sponsorship information, or to book a special event year-round, please call 561-204-5687 or visit InternationalPoloClub.com.

Sponsored: All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor. Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was given two complimentary Lavish Champagne Brunch and Polo – Lilly Pulitzer Patio Seating tickets from the IPC for review consideration.

MOMpreneur Monday: blue pelican

MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms! Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.

Today’s featured MOMpreneur is…Katie Spitaletto, founder of blue pelican, a popular kid’s clothing line.

Tell us a little bit about the “why’s and how’s” of how you started blue pelican?

I started blue pelican as a small branch of my mom’s line, Hickity Pickity. She had been selling quilted pillows and vintage enamelware pot lids turned into bird feeders at The Snappy Turtle and The Delray Affair.

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I had always been artistic, so I started painting picture frames and mirrors, and making resin bracelets and necklaces out of vintage Lilly Pulitzer fabric. That was about 12 years ago, and my life has changed a lot since then!

I used to mostly make things for ladies, but once I had my daughter Ellie (in 2008), I began making handprinted baby clothing. My mom, the proud grandma that she is, also started making more and more baby and children’s clothing. Two years later my son, Ezra, came along and we added a boy’s line! Now, we are mostly known for kid’s clothes. We do sell things for ladies, and I have a line of painted wood art as well.

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What makes the blue pelican brand so unique?

One of the reasons blue pelican is so unique is because each piece of clothing is handmade and with great attention to detail.

I use vintage Lilly (which is so hard to find, but so worth the hunt!) to make a wide variety of items: pom pom shorts, bows, tops and dresses, and I handprint items with stamps of my own design.
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I’ve always tried to make cool clothes for kids that are comfortable and interesting. I find my art show customers come back every year, and they always say, “My daughter wore that dress as much as she could! We have to get another one for this summer!” I think that is the best compliment I could get!

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What’s coming up with your business?

My clothing is so awesome because there is only one source: me! The fabrics are so rare, and the stamps are one of a kind. I’m always adding new fabrics and stamped designs in different colorways.

Right now I’m working on a run of vintage hot pink long tops that are to die for and I’m carving a series of whale stamps for the handprints. I’m going to have several new dress and tank styles coming up, as well as the most popular—my seahorse dress!

We do three art shows every year (Artigras in Jupiter, Juno Art Fest in Juno Beach, and The Delray Affair in Delray Beach), and we also sell items at The Snappy Turtle in Delray Beach.

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What do you love most about living in South Florida?

I was born here in South Florida, and I’ve always loved it. I had a brief run over to Texas for my college studies at Baylor (Go Bears!), and then I came right back home. I love spending my days at the beach, paddleboarding and snorkeling with my kids. There are a million beautiful places in the world, but I only want to live here!

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Follow blue pelican on Facebook HERE.

Instagram: blue.pelican

Blog: blue-pelican.blogspot.com

Visit their website: http://blue-pelican.com/

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